Hackberry Howl

Vol. 1 No.14

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

We only have TWO more shopping Friday's until Christmas! Is your shopping done? Have your children added to their already long list of wanted toys? Are you searching for something to get your father, who already has everything he needs?

At this season of the year, remember that there are many, many things more important than “STUFF” – enjoying special holiday traditions, sharing time with family and friends, and creating new memories. Don’t get so wrapped up in the “things” of the season that you forget the true meaning of the season!


Want to grow as an educator? Leader? How about a book study?

Looking for professional growth? Let me know which book study you would like to do by the end of today.

Mindsets in the Classroom: Building a Culture of Success and Student Achievement in Schools

When students believe that dedication and hard work can change their performance in school, they grow to become resilient, successful students. Inspired by the popular mindset idea that hard work and effort can lead to success, Mindsets in the Classroom provides educators with ideas for ways to build a growth mindset school culture, wherein students are challenged to change their thinking about their abilities and potential. The book includes a planning template, step-by-step description of a growth mindset culture, and "look-fors" for adopting a differentiated, responsive instruction model teachers can use immediately in their classrooms.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success—but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals—personal and professional. Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.

Recommended Reading

Fundamental-5 Critical Writing and putting it all together!

We will meet together for the final time to discuss "Critical Writing". Please make sure you have read the chapter a head of time. Bring with you one thing the Fundamental-5 has done to improve the quality of instruction in your classroom. Looking forward to a great time together!

Keep Howling!

Lobo Howls

Pam gives a big howl to Ana, Zully and Kelsey for helping out with the gym door decorations!!!

Renee Tegrar wants to give a super loud howl to Callie Masai, Sylvia Cruz, and Olivia Brinlee for their hard work in helping one of our SpEd students gain 1 1/2 years in math skills in 4 months!

Stephen gives a BIG howl to Ms. Brodski and Ms. Schroeder for their great work in LE3 time!

Stephen gives a huge howl to Ms. Martin, Mr. Castillo, and Kathleen for their great work in getting attendance procedures set up!

Tom and Stephen give a howl out to Karla, Carol and Kelsey for the help setting up decorations for our 12 days of Christmas!

Stephen gives a howl out to Vanessa for helping a middle school student that was injured when arriving at Hackberry for the band performance. She even rode with him in the ambulance and waited for mom to arrive before heading back to Hackberry!


Tuesday, December 15th

  • All day Faculty Meeting-Fundamental-5 Critical Writing

  • Choir to Caroling
  • NO PLC

Wednesday, December 16th

  • SWARTZ out 8-11 for training

Friday, December 18th

  • Pack Rally
  • Early Release- 11:20 am